To an outsider, it may seem like there are endless things to do in San Francisco. To anyone who's lived there long enough, though, they know that like any other city, it can get old fast. It's so easy to become jaded of where you live, no matter how amazing it is!
Since a new month is coming, make it your goal not to be bored this April. You may not have the funds to do everything you want to do, but that doesn't mean that you can't do anything! Luckily, since San Francisco is so big, there's no shortage of free activities that are also fun.
Check out a new gallery, revisit your favourite childhood monument, go people-watching, make new friends; the list goes on and on! Even just getting outside your comfort zone and trying something new is a step in the right direction.
San Francisco is a beautiful city with an abundance of cool things to do, and even more cool people to do them with. No matter if you're planning a date, arranging plans with friends, showing off the city to your family, or going on a solo adventure, this list should help you come up with the perfect April itinerary.
It's impossible to fit all of this into one month, especially if you have a busy schedule, but try and pick a few of the most interesting options and see just how much fun you have doing them! Here's to an exciting April!
30. Check out a free show at Amoeba Music
If music is your thing, spend a few hours hanging out at Amoeba! They occasionally set up a free show, but if nothing happens to be going on during your visit, there's still plenty of entertainment to be found in the old vinyl bins.
29. Explore 49 Geary
San Francisco is known for having a ton of free galleries, and 49 Geary should definitely be on your bucket list! There's always something new to be found here, so you'll be able to visit time and time again.
28. Check out the Cable Car Museum
Everyone knows that San Fran is known for its cable cars, but how much do you really know about those cars? Pick up some knowledge at the Cable Car Museum, then tell all you friends about what you learned!
27. Take a tour of City Hall
As far as City Hall's go, it's no secret that San Francisco has one of the most beautiful ones! You can explore solo, or head to the tour kiosk to meet up with a tour guide who can fill you in on all sorts of information!
26. See how many cool pictures you can take in Clarion Alley
Clarion Alley is a bright and colourful spot, all thanks to the Clarion Alley Mural Project. This is the perfect spot to go adventuring if you want to liven up your IG feed, or even just practice your photography skills.
25. Enjoy the view from the Filbert Street Steps
Running stairs is always a great workout, but when you get a view this great, it's hardly a workout at all. These stairs lead up to the infamous Coit Tower, so if you can make it to the top, you'll get another amazing view!
24. Take a walk around Fort Point
Fort Point was built in the 1800s as a defence against attacks that never came. It's now most popularly used as a lookout to the Golden Gate Bridge for those who don't want to cross the bridge itself.
23. Make your way across the Golden Gate Bridge
While this seems like something reserved solely for tourists, it can actually be a lot of fun for San Fran natives to do every once in awhile. Get an amazing view while you walk, run or bike across the bridge that the city is known for.
22. Hang out at the San Francisco Public Library
Never underestimate the power of a good book. If you've been meaning to get more reading done lately, but keep making excuses, maybe a trip to the library will put you in the right mind frame to get some done!
21. Visit some animals at the Randall Museum
This museum is all about science and nature, so if those two things interest you, you'll love spending a few hours here! Check out exhibits with live animals and participate in hands-on workshops to learn more!
20. Learn about the history of books at the San Francisco Centre for the Book
I think that we sometimes take advantage of the books we have at our disposal. A visit to this centre will remind you to appreciate how far printing technology has come, and just how much work was put into the printing of all your favourite novels!
19. Watch the sea lions from Pier 39
Sea lions are notoriously cute, and we'd never pass up an opportunity to watch them! From the docks of Pier 39, you can watch as many as 1,300 of these adorable creatures relax and interact!
18. Take a ride down the Seward Street Slides
You may be too old to ride the slides at your local park, but these slides don't discriminate based on age. There are usually cardboard boxes available for you to slide on, but you may want to bring one of your own, just to be sure!
17. Take in the view from the Transamerica Pyramid's Observatory
If you're looking for a great aerial view of Downtown San Fran, this is it! The actual observation deck has been closed since 9/11, but the virtual observation deck still lets you in on some pretty great views.
16. Listen to the music of the Wave Organ
The Wave Organ is probably not at all what you're imagining. It's a system of PVC tubes, all connected together so that when the waves, winds, and tides hit, different sounds are produced!
15. Visit the MH de Young Memorial Museum
This museum is not free all the time, but if you happen to have some spare time on the first Tuesday of the month, then you can definitely check it out for no charge!
14. Explore Chinatown
Did you know that San Francisco is home the world's largest Chinatown outside of Asia? If you can't quite make a trip to the other side of the world, a day exploring Chinatown might give you a semi-idea of what things are like in Asia!
13. Take a walk down the crooked Lombard Street
Lombard Street is one of those spots that's hard to miss, namely because it's winding roads stand out amongst the rest of the city. It's claimed to be the "crookedest street in the world" and is a very popular tourist destination.
12. Ride your bike through Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate is another one of the cities' most beautiful parks, and it's a great place to walk, jog, ride your bike, mingle, or relax! Go solo, or bring along a crew of friends to hangout and get some fresh air.
11. Conquer the scenic 49 Mile Drive
If you want to learn to appreciate the beauty of the city all over again, look at it from the view of the Scenic 49 Mile Drive. This road makes San Francisco look like a picture perfect post card; you'll be in total awe when you see it, every time.
10. Browse around the Ferry Building Marketplace
Odds are good you'll be tempted to spend money here, but if you can resist, you'll still have a good time. The Ferry Building Marketplace shows off the best food that San Fran has to offer, and is also a good spot to go people-watching.
9. Snap some cool photos around the Mission District
This Mission District is known to be one of the coolest spots in the city. Around every corner you'll find cute boutiques, amazing restaurants, and perfect photo ops for you and your friends to practice your modelling skills.
8. Experience the culture of the Castro District
If you want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community in the city, the Castro District is the perfect spot! It's full of amazing pride street art, and is also considered to be the gay capital of the world!
7. Get the best view of the city from Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks is widely known as having the best view of San Francisco, so there's no doubt in our minds that you should make a point to visit it! It is a pretty popular tourist destination, but that just speaks to how amazing it is.
6. Soak up the sun at Baker Beach
With April comes warmer weather, meaning it's prime time to start working on that summer glow! Spend a day soaking up the sun at Baker Beach. Bring along a blanket, picnic, and a book, and have yourself a relaxing day!
5. Go for a hike through the Presidio Trails
A lot of people will come to San Francisco just for the beaches, and totally forget about all the other beauty that the city holds. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and go on a hike on the gorgeous Presidio Trails.
4. Check out the Palace of Fine Arts
This architecturally stunning theatre is another popular tourist destination, but it's definitely worth a visit. The building is full of interesting history, but is also amazing to look at.
3. Visit the Grace Cathedral
We all know that Rome is full of amazing cathedrals, but who knew that San Francisco is too? The Grace Cathedral is another gorgeous building that's definitely worth a visit whether you're religious or not!
2. Learn more about photography at San Francisco Camerawork
This free museum is dedicated to the craft of photography, and a visit here may just inspire you to pick up your camera and snap some legendary shots! Photography is a great hobby, and a super useful talent to have.
1. Check out the Women's Building
This building may look obscure from afar, but get up close and you'll see that it's actually decorated with inspiring and beautiful murals of important women! Talk about #GRLPWR.